William DeVinney

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
T 202.861.1554  |  F 202.861.1783

William DeVinney has a broad litigation practice that includes antitrust, intellectual property, commercial class action, securities, and other complex commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience, both as a member of trial teams and as first chair in jury and bench trials, arbitrations proceedings, and regulatory hearings. William has also argued cases before several federal and state appellate courts. He also counsels clients on antitrust issues.

Select Experience

  • Member of team representing certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 Southeastern States against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods, and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for marketing, sale, and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast United States. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of alleged damages.
  • Represented multinational consumer goods company in consumer class action alleging false advertising. Complaint against client dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation against Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by competitor alleging that client had either monopolized or attempted to monopolize alleged market for transgenic corn seed.
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Experience

  • Member of team representing certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 Southeastern States against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods, and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for marketing, sale, and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast United States. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of alleged damages.
  • Represented multinational consumer goods company in consumer class action alleging false advertising. Complaint against client dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation against Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by competitor alleging that client had either monopolized or attempted to monopolize alleged market for transgenic corn seed.
  • Defended multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology company accused of monopolizing market for transgenic corn seed industry. Motion for class certification by plaintiff rejected by trial court and before Third Circuit on appeal.
  • Represented multinational technology company in private antitrust claim brought by competitor, as well as in investigations brought by the EU, Federal Trade Commission, and state government enforcement agencies.
  • Defended former executive of Bankers Trust Corporation in criminal trial and related SEC administrative proceedings arising from alleged improper accounting treatment of unclaimed funds. After six-week jury trial, client was acquitted of all 36 counts in indictment and favorable settlement was reached with SEC.

Pro Bono

  • Served as lead counsel for three congressmen and a public interest group filing amicus brief in United States Supreme Court.
  • Represented several clients in fair housing cases in antidiscrimination, fair housing, landlord/tenant, and contractual disputes.

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1998
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1991

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Antitrust Advocate
EU Tells Google to Try Harder
April 16, 2015
It’s official: on Wednesday, in a formal Statement of Objections, the European Union’s antitrust chief formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the web search arena. The European Commission is focused on Google’s alleged...
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BakerHostetler Releases White Paper on FTC Act Section 5 Symposium
April 14, 2015
BakerHostetler’s Antitrust and Competition team is delighted to share with you a white paper we prepared highlighting points of interest from the February 26, 2015 Symposium we hosted on Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. We...
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Symposium Advances Debate Over FTC’s Section 5 Enforcement Powers
April 6, 2015
What is an “unfair method of competition” for purposes of the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement powers? For more than 100 years, lawyers, economists and other experts—as well as courts—have debated that question, trying to determine...
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Oregon Federal Court Weighs In on Disputed Umbrella Theory of Damages
March 31, 2015
An Oregon federal court recently relied on the so-called umbrella theory of damages to decide that the plaintiffs had an antitrust injury necessary to pursue an injunction. While this decision has garnered attention for enjoining the...
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CFIUS Report Reflects Continued Need to Plan for Government Scrutiny of Cross-border Transactions
March 24, 2015
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently reported its 2013 activities, confirming the continuation of its heightened review and investigation of certain foreign direct investments in U.S. businesses. CFIUS...
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